Andrea Aker is an expert communicator and business strategist with a reputation for tenacity, perseverance and honesty. She’s willing to take on tough situations and thrives on new challenges – all traits that helped transform Aker Ink® into one of Arizona’s leading boutique PR and marketing firms.
Andrea’s creativity and keen business sense have helped companies nationwide break barriers, engage with new audiences and exceed lead generation goals. She is also sought after for her highly targeted content development skills – an expert in digital, print and broadcast mediums.
Prior to founding Aker Ink in 2007, Andrea served as the public relations director for a PR and marketing agency in Phoenix. Before that, Andrea was a writer and producer for KPHO-TV, Phoenix’s CBS affiliate, where she produced top-rated newscasts for the morning and noon shows.
Andrea has 10 additional years of experience as a freelance reporter for business, trade and consumer publications nationwide. Her newsroom savvy provides an invaluable edge when working with the press, which she uses to secure prime media placements for Aker Ink clients.
Andrea earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Arizona and a Master of Mass Communication from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism with a specialization in online media. She graduated from ASU at the top of her class and was inducted into Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Honor Society of Journalism and Mass Communication, an honor reserved for the top 10% of graduates nationally. In 2018, Andrea launched the annual Aker Ink Scholarship at ASU to support an undergraduate journalism or PR student.
Andrea is highly active in the community, supporting numerous charitable and leadership organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in North Scottsdale, which is one of the largest urban preserves in America. Additionally, Andrea was a long-time partner with Social Venture Partners Arizona, a network of philanthropists who take a venture capital approach to funding nonprofits. She is a former member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Communications Committee. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Leadership, a nationally recognized leadership and community stewardship program. She graduated from the Scottsdale Leadership core program in 2014 (Class 28).
On a professional level, Andrea is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Phoenix chapter. She previously served on the Board of Directors and has volunteered on numerous committees to help advance the association and profession. Further, Andrea is a member of the Arizona Innovation Marketing Association (AZIMA), where she currently serves on the marketing committee.
In 2015, Az Business recognized Andrea as one of the state’s top business leaders under 40. The Arizona Republic declared her among the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 in 2016. As well, Andrea’s work has earned accolades from the Arizona Innovation Marketing Association and Phoenix chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Living by the work-hard-play-hard mantra, Andrea is an Ironman triathlete, competing in races around the world. She loves traveling and experiencing new cultures.